Sunday, January 10, 2016

Amazing Benefits of Basil Leaves in Skincare

Loaded with powerful antioxidants and nutrients, basil in the form of leaves as well as essential oil has been used in the beauty regimen of women since the beginning of time.

Be it your pimples, acne, blackheads, dandruff, hair loss, basil works wonders. Basil is a skin tone lightener, and it tightens skin and shrinks pores. Full of antibacterial, antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, basil makes an ideal natural remedy for various skin infections including ringworm and vitiligo.

This plant forms is an important part of Indian culture. It is quite common in Hindu households where it is worshipped in the morning and evening. The leaves of this plant are edible and are used as flavoring agents due to their rich fragrance. Being one of the most popular herbs in the garden, it is extensively used in Italy in sauces and other dishes and is a key ingredient in Mediterranean food.
The Greek word for basil is ‘king’ which speaks highly of the qualities of this aromatic herb.  Basil plant, particularly the leaves, has great significance for mankind, not only because of its culinary uses but also due to its medicinal properties. Holy basil leaves have been widely used in Ayurveda since thousands of years. This herb is even mentioned in the “Charaka Samhita”, an ancient Ayurvedic text due to its excellent healing properties. In fact, basil leaves or tulsi leaves are considered as a universal cure for numerous diseases and promote longevity and overall well-being.

Basil leaves play an important role in eye health. Wash your eyes with a basil based cleansing solution every morning and before going to bed to prevent conjunctivitis, swelling, inflammations, boils and other infections. Basil leaves act as relaxants for your eyes to sooth stress induced fine lines.

Dried or powdered basil leaves can be  and used for brushing teeth or mixed with mustard oil to be used as toothpaste for maintaining dental health and massaging the gums. It is also effective in curing pyorrhea and other teeth disorders. The anti-bacterial agents in basil leaves prevent bacteria build up whereas the antioxidants ensure clean plaque free teeth. Bad breath can be detrimental to your self-confidence. Basil leaves can be a healthy substitute to more toxic toothpastes and chewing gums to ward off bad breath. You can chew a handful of basil leaves to prevent bad breath.

Basil leaves prevent the outburst of acne and pimples as they purify your blood by removing toxins. They contain anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents and you can apply a "buttered" formula of these leaves to reduce inflammation. Rubbing dried basil leaves on your face, in the form of a body butter, improves your facial skin in many ways  giving it a younger and fresher appearance. Applying basil all purpose butter on your face and neck improves your skin tone. Basil leaves also prevent the appearance of blackheads. Due to their anti-bacterial, anti-biotic and anti-fungal properties, basil leaves can restrict the growth of bacterium like E coli and B anthracis which cause skin infections. Regular use and intake of basil leaves has the potential to cure ‘vitiligo’, a disease characterized by white patches on the skin.

Basil leaves are equally beneficial for your hair and can help you get rid of a host of hair problems. Hair loss is a common problem which can occur due to itchiness and sweatiness of scalp. Applying Basil butter or oil on your scalp will keep your scalp cool, reduce itchiness and promote hair growth by improving circulation in your scalp. Basil shampoo prevents graying of hair as well as hair fall. If you are suffering from brittle hair or hair thinning, you can consider basil leaves as they are effective in strengthening the hair shaft. Basil leaves help in rejuvenating and producing healthy hair by stimulating the hair follicles. 

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